This past weekend Sandro attended a WordPress camp called WordCamp! He was completely new to WordPress and learned a lot. Today he shares three things he learned and goes over why you may want to build your next website w this open source platform.

Sandro talks about the website Poopy Life.

Episode 0232

New to WordPress?

Liz: [00:00:05] Hey there! Welcome back to 60 Second Marketing, I’m Liz Hersh and I’m here with my co-host Sandro Galindo.

Liz: [00:00:10] We are the only marketing podcast that gives you tips and tricks in the time it takes to enjoy your morning donut. This past weekend Sandro hung out at WordPress Camp which sounds nerdy, but it’s really cool actually. He’s going to be talking about what he learned.

Sandro: [00:00:25] So as Liz said last week I was fortunate enough to attend a WordPress camp called word camp. They have five or six of these around the country every year and there are a lot of fun. If you can make one you should go to it. This one was at Kent State University. I have never used WordPress so I went as a complete newbie and fortunately they had a beginners track. It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of great people and more importantly learned a lot as a newcomer to the platform. Personally I built websites using Squarespace, Wix and Weebly so I wasn’t a complete Web site building newbie coming into this so that may be why I picked it up relatively quickly but I still wanted to share a couple of things about building sites through WordPress for people thinking about dipping their toes into this platform. First there is a difference between WordPress dot com and WordPress dot org. The dot org site is the umbrella under which everything else falls under. It’s where you can go for updates plugins and news on this free open source software. They don’t care who you are. All are welcome and the community is big and inviting. WordPress dot com is a commercial variation that charges you to build and host your site. They also limit the number of themes or templates you can run at their lower paid tiers. They do give you support and again hosting by charging you so that’s a bonus of it. So basically there’s pros and cons to the dot com version.

Sandro: [00:01:47] Second the power of WordPress is the community. The number of these templates is or templates is huge. People build these every day and there are tons of new ones all the time. Where SquareSpace has maybe 50 templates. WordPress has thousands and thousands and thousands and a lot of them are free. Also the plugins. Those are what make your web site special. There are plugins for a SEO, plugins for video or for audio. Dozens and dozens that do the same thing built by different people. So you have a robust marketplace to find what you’re looking for and you can test and experiment with them. Finally if you want to get started. I learned about the Web site Poopy dot Life. P O O P. . . 

Liz: [00:02:28] What?!

Sandro: [00:02:29]  . . . Y dot life. The developers had a lot of fun with the name but they didn’t want anybody to mix it up with anything else. But it’s a place you can go and build a free WordPress site and test it out and try anything and everything. The sites disappear after 7 days. It’s completely free. You can pay to keep your site going but if you want to experiment and try to build or break something that’s the place to go. We’ll link to it in the show knows just to make sure you heard it right. Anyway I’ll have more to come on wordpress. Once I begin building our new 60 second marketing website try a few other things and report back and let you know what I learned and stumbled over in the weeks to come.

Liz: [00:03:09] I love us I’ve been using WordPress for years and I’m excited that our new website is going to be on WordPress. Look for that coming soon. That wraps up today’s episode. Thanks for joining us. Don’t forget to subscribe on your favorite podcast app. Join the conversation at 60 second marketing Facebook group. We are also on Instagram & Twitter. And we will see you soon.